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Kaduna Govt. distributes healthcare cards to additional 30,000 vulnerable people

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The Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA), has commenced the distribution of additional basic health care cards to about 30,000 vulnerable people in the state.

The Director-General of the agency, Aliyu Saidu, disclosed this on Tuesday, at the flag off of the distribution exercise in Kaduna.

He said that the cards would enable vulnerable persons to start accessing health services under the contributory health scheme.

“This is the second phase of the distribution exercise and it cut across the 23 local government areas of the state.

“We started the first phase in March with distribution of the cards to 40,000 vulnerable.

“We will continue to do our best to see that more people are covered in the health insurance scheme to save cost and more lives.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the cards are renewable after a year.

Saidu said that the development would transform access to health care on a continuous basis, while more vulnerable people in local government areas of the state would be enrolled into the scheme.

“The Kaduna state contributory health scheme is almost ahead of others and I wish to see more than 500,000 people accessing health care soon,” he added.

He urged the beneficiaries, especially pregnant women, to utilise the opportunity given to them and use the cards to patronize health facilities of their choice.

He charged the enumerators to discharge their duties diligently and ensure that the cards get to the right beneficiaries in the 23 local government areas.

“You have a lot of privileges to benefit from the services, which include emergency, antenatal, deliveries, Neonatal care, Surgical services, internal medicine and post natal care.

“Others are gynaecologic care, childhood illnesses, chronic disease management, ophthalmic care, family planning, immunisation, blood transfusion, dental care, x-ray and laboratory services.”

Saidu said the scheme had registered over 400,000 beneficiaries, mostly from the formal sector.

“We are getting across to them because we see how much the scheme is impacting on the lives of people.

“Most people lost their lives because of minimal disease and are afraid to remove money from their pockets to pay,” he said. (NAN)

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